George M. Church, PhD

Professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School

A founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data.

    Dr. Leena Tripathi

    Plant Biotechnologist

    Director for Eastern Africa, Leader of the Biotechnology research group at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

      Paul A. Offit, MD

      Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

      Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn.

        Imari Walker

        Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate at Duke University

        Imari Walker is a PhD Candidate at Duke University investigating the fate, occurrence, and transformation of plastic additives within freshwater environments.

        Kevin M. Folta

        Professor Horticultural Sciences Department & Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

        His research is in the discovery of novel disruptive chemistries from random DNA information, the genomics of flavor and aroma, and how specific light wavelengths control plant traits.

          Peter Etchells

          Psychologist and Science Communicator

          Professor Pete Etchells is a psychologist and science communicator based at Bath Spa University, UK.
            What is NECSS?

            The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

            Who is NECSS for?

            NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

            What Else?

            NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.